The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores are in and it’s good news and bad news for Vineyard schools.
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School was the only Vineyard school to meet the state’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets in English language arts and mathematics.
However Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss on Tuesday cited higher cut off levels as the reason school were falling short of the targets. The English language arts target for students who tested “proficient” increased from 90.2 per cent last year to 95.1 per cent this year, and in mathematics from 84.3 per cent last year to 92.2 per cent this year.
Individual grades across the Island earned top rankings.
The Tisbury School fourth grade English language arts scores ranked number one in the state at 99.3 per cent, and the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School’s 10th grade English scores earned them the top ranking as well.
The West Tisbury School’s eighth grade science class ranked first for the second year in a row, and the Up-Island Regional School District’s English scores earned them fifth in the state, at 99.3 per cent proficiency.
Mr. Weiss said the test scores are a good benchmark and they’ll use them to better tailor teaching to student needs, but there’s more to analyze than the numbers.
“We’re more interested in looking at how our students grow year to year,” he said.
A complete report on the MCAS results will appear in Friday’s print edition of the Vineyard Gazette.